By Gunter Roeth on Jan 08, 2009
HPC benchmarks are characterized by the urgency to run them, and by the common thought that everything is doable in a single day.
Apparently, this is very similar to set up a blog. What was thought a five minutes exercise, took the whole day (minus lunch-time, as I live in France and lunch time is a French must).
It took the whole morning, to prepare my iMac to run a VNC server. As I am running MacOSX 10.3.9, many applications do not work, as they need 10.4. Finally I could install the "Vine Server" from Redstone. Then, I had to configure IP forwarding from my Linksys Router. After this, we entered the already mentioned lunch break.
This can be compared to finding the desired benchmark hardware and installing the desired operating system and the correct software versions. By the way, OpenSolaris is out, and running the most stunning desktop I have ever seen.
During the afternoon, back to business, with my boss running a vnc client on my desktop ... no more secrets from now. The next pain we had to go through was to reconfigure my SUN accounts, as I already had an older private subscription. Finally, I managed, to change the settings in my account, and I could use the default SUN account for login. For quite a while, I felt like a dog biting its tail ..
Again, this is very similar to benchmarking, when you try to enter the NFS mounted directory and yo use, that the NFS server is down, that the FlexLM license is not working. By the way, the latest FlexLM problem, was due to the geographical location of the physical server .. I still wonder how they can figure this out, but they can ..
Now, we had to create 3 more additional accounts, on technocrati, google and feedburner ... and finally, yes, it was a five minutes exercise.
In parallel to HPC benchmarking, you can now take your scripts and execute the data sets for 10minutes of run time .... and your day is over.
Here my day was over as well, but as I spent it virtually with my real boss, he did not ask any questions of what I have done during this day.